Deadline: 28 April, 2022

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) is seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Senior Programme Assistant.

The mission of the ILO is to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.


  • Provide specialised programming support for the formulation of the office’s work programme and the identification of initiatives, ensuring that required information is included in terms of proposed activities
  • Conduct searches for information on defined subjects related to assigned country programme outcomes
  • Perform preliminary analysis of information, including the identification of priority issues and potential technical assistance needs, for possible inclusion in country briefs and reports
  • Compile, analyse and disseminate data and other information for programme and budget preparation and for the review of financial and human resource requirements
  • Coordinate submissions of programme proposals and budget estimates and propose adjustments as required
  • Serve as focal point for programme and/or project administrative matters
  • Initiate requests, prepare standard terms of reference (ToR) in relation to programme and/or project objectives, obtain necessary clearances, process and follow up on administrative actions and resolve issues related to programme and/or project implementation
  • Liaise with external partners and attend meetings to provide and gather information
  • Review reports, proposals and expenditure data received from implementing partners to ensure that financial transactions, commitments and authorisations are in conformity with financial rules and regulations
  • Prepare reports on budget performance comparing approved budgets against actual expenditures and indicating any discrepancies
  • Maintain and update databases
  • Respond to, or redirect to the most appropriate source, complex administrative queries on programme and budget
  • Draft correspondence and communications related to all aspects of programme and/or project administration
  • Keep abreast of changes to programme-related policies, procedures, guidelines and processes and provide guidance and deliver training to staff with the view to building knowledge
  • Oversee and guide the work of programming and other support staff as required
  • Evaluate and propose improvements to work methods and processes
  • Assess the impact of changes and make recommendations on follow-up actions
  • Liaise closely with other administrative areas to ensure effective and smooth service design and delivery, recommending improvements on interrelated processes
  • Provide administrative support for the organisation of seminars, workshops, meetings and other events
  • Participate in missions to provide programming and administrative support, as required
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned


  • Secondary school education
  • Training in programme and/or project administration
  • Six years, minimum, of office support work experience, the majority of which in programme and budget support work and project administration
  • Experience of working with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, particularly programme monitoring and management modules
  • Excellent command of English
  • Working knowledge of another official language of the organisation or an official national language of the duty station
  • Good knowledge of programme and/or project administration
  • Good knowledge of results-based management (RBM)
  • Knowledge and understanding of the substantive nature of ILO programmes and activities

To apply and for more information, click here.

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